Man, dog killed, woman injured in crash on U.S. Hwy. 51

For the Tomahawk Leader

LINCOLN COUNTY – A man and a dog were killed and a woman was injured in a crash on U.S. Hwy. 51 in Lincoln County this week.

According to a release from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, on Sunday, June 9, at approximately 10:55 p.m., multiple 911 calls reported a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Hwy. 51, just north of Tamarack Ln. in the Town of Skanawan. Reports indicated that one of the vehicles was overturned.

Upon arrival, deputies found a silver SUV overturned in the roadway with a woman, identified by the Sheriff’s Office as Alexia C. Zuk, 20, of Crandon, trapped inside.

The other vehicle involved was a white utility van, the Sheriff’s Office said. The driver, identified as George Rouman, 51, of Rhinelander, was trapped inside the vehicle.

Emergency crews from the Tomahawk Fire Department, Tomahawk EMS and Merrill EMS assisted in extricating Zuk from the SUV. Zuk was flown by helicopter to Aspirus Wausau Hospital, where she was treated and later released.

Rouman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Rouman was the owner and President of the Rouman Amusement Company and the Fun Factory Sweet Shoppe, both in Rhinelander. In the days following the accident, the Rouman Cinema Facebook page was filled with tributes to Rouman and the Rouman family that has been a part of the entertainment scene in Rhinelander since 1921. The cinema will reopen on Friday, June 14.

A dog traveling in the SUV sustained fatal injuries.

The Sheriff’s Office said preliminary investigation revealed that Zuk was traveling southbound on U.S. Hwy. 51 when, for unknown reasons, she lost control of her vehicle, went through the median and was struck by the northbound vehicle being operated by Rouman.

Traffic on U.S. Hwy. 51 was redirected for approximately eight hours.

Several agencies, including the Tomahawk Fire Department, Tomahawk EMS, Merrill EMS, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, the Lincoln County Highway Department, the Lincoln County Coroner’s Office, the Wisconsin State Patrol, Aspirus MediVac, Ingman’s Towing Service and Lightning Towing Service, collaborated in handling the incident.

The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office and the New Berlin Police Department assisted with the process of notifying Rouman’s family.

The Wisconsin State Patrol is conducting a reconstruction of the crash.

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